Learn how to make this fruity snack that kids will love.
This amazingly simple way to make fruit rolls makes a great snack anytime, and is healthy too. What you need before you get started:
2 pounds fresh fruit or your choice – apples, pears, plums, etc.
Half a lemon
A dehydrator with plastic trays
Steps to make your own fruit rolls
Making your own fruit rolls, or fruit leather, is quite easy, and fun too!
I get bags of bulk fruit at places like the local farmers market or Sprouts. Sometimes you can get bags of bulk fruit for a discount. You can use apples, pears, plums, blueberries, strawberries, or whatever fruit you want. You will need about 2 pounds of fruit.
First, cut up the bulk fruit into smaller pieces to be able to puree better in the blender.
Next place the cut fruit into a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix, and puree until very smooth. While blending add the juice from half a lemon as a preservative.
After this spread the fruit puree on smooth plastic trays for the dehydrator. You can make several layers of trays at one time. You may have to buy additional trays for all the fruit. The fruit puree should be shallow, but not too thick, no more than 1/4 an inch. Spread this evenly over all trays.
After spreading the fruit set the dial of the dehydrator to 135° Fahrenheit, or about 57° Celsius and let the puree dry for about 8 hours.
Finally after about 8 hours you will see the fruit layer dried out considerably. If it is solid enough to be pried with a knife and feels a bit like leather then it is ready to be taken out.
Carefully remove the fruit layer and cut into strips, rolling up to make the finished snack.
Fruit rolls make a great treat on the go and kids love them. Enjoy!
Simple All-Natural Fruit Roll Recipe
- 2 pounds fresh fruit (apples, plums, blueberries, pears, etc)
- 1/2 lemon
- Cut fresh fruit
- Puree fruit in blender
- Add juice from half a lemon
- Spread fruit puree on dehydrator trays
- Set dehydrator to 135° Fahrenheit / 57° Celsius
- Let the puree dry in the dehydrator approximately 8 hours, or until the fruit is leathery but not too hard